academic

1.  Of or relating to a college, academy, school, or other educational institution, especially one for higher education:  academic requirements.

2.  Pertaining to areas of study that are not primarily vocational or applied, as the humanities or pure mathematics.

3.  Theoretical or hypothetical; not practical, realistic, or directly useful:  an academic question; an academic discussion of a matter already decided.

4.  Learned or scholarly but lacking in worldliness, common sense, or practicality.

5.  Conforming to set rules, standards, or traditions; conventional:  academic painting.

6.  Acquired by formal education, especially at a college or university:  academic preparation for the ministry.

7. Of or relating to Academe or to the Platonic school of philosophy.